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  1. #31

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    A 1-shot carbonate version takes a long time to make but the Quercetin capsules,stored in their container , last indefinitely.
    Suitable for occasional use of staining developer.

    QS-1
    Metol .............................0.1g
    Quercetin........................0.5g
    Sodium Carbonate anh......2.5g
    Water to........................500ml

    Weigh out solids into container, add 500ml just boiled hot water, stir, filter through cotton wool (the Quercetin does not all dissolve)
    Develop 30min 20C.
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  2. #32

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    Quercetin alone without metol provides developers like weak caffenol.

    Qu-2
    Water(room temp)...........................500 ml
    Washing soda,Arm & Hammer (US).....4.5 tsp
    or washing soda decahydrate (UK).......10 tsp
    Iodized salt......................................0.5 tsp
    Quercetin, 2 capsules contents,..........1.0 g

    Stir 15 min,filter through cotton wool.
    I semi-stand developed APX 100 in this 2hrs 70F, agitate every 30 min.
    The negatives are much fogged but strongly stained and tanned.

    Qu-3
    As Qu-2 with addition of 1 tsp vitamin C.
    I developed APX 100 in this 30 min 68F, agitate 10s/minute.
    The negatives are somewhat fogged but produce sharp ,fairly fine grained prints.
    There is only weak tanning, probably not enough to control highlight density.

    Likely the reason why addition of vitamin C speeds up the development is that in Qu-3 it removes the oxidation products found with Qu-2 that tan the gelatin.

  3. #33

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    Hi all, going back to film after giving up on digital as a legitimate art form. As I update myself on films and chemistries, I am equally saddened by the end of Verichrome Pan and gladdened by the advent of films like Acros.

    But "Holy-If-It-Works-Don't-Fix-It-Batman!! Sorting out the innumerable Super New Magic Ju-Ju Water/TEA/PG Brews will drive a guy nuts. (Short trip.) Back in the '70s, I thought adding a bit of benzotriazole to D-23 was advanced darkroom chemistry, but now--

    FWIW, I'm thinking Acros in either GSD-10 (simple and I always liked Ansco130 for prints; ahhh glycin) or Halcyon (has that Harvey's Defender 777 mystique) will be my first choices, having come to pray at the Oracle d'Fehr.

    Enjoy reading all this stuff, but being old-school, I expect my film chemistry to be toxic. Making developer out of flavinoids and coffee just feels wrong.

    Now where'd I put that cigar..?
    Cogito, ergo Bebop a Lula

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